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What Are the Benefits of Infused Water?

By Stepy Kamei

It seems there are all kinds of fascinating health crazes and trendy foods these days. One of the most recent fad foods is actually all about water -- specifically, infused water. Infused waters are exactly as they sound, and they're not an entirely new concept. For example, if you've ever been to a spa, you may have had water with cucumber slices. However, recently you may have been hearing about more and more unusual ingredients and minerals added to water. The concoctions are sometimes known as "detox water." So, what's the deal with these new and increasingly exotic infused waters? Can you really benefit from them? Read on to learn more about this diet trend, and if you should be seeking out infused water at a health food store near you.

Types of Infused Water

To start, there are all kinds of water infusions out there. Slices of fruit, such as oranges and watermelon, are common and refreshing choices. Sprigs of mint and herbs are another great-tasting option. Lately though, chlorophyll water is one of the more prominent options. Chorophyll is the molecule in plants which absorbs sunlight and converts it into energy.

Detox Water: Myths and Facts

Like with any food fad, there are myths and facts circulating around that should be properly addressed. Particularly with chlorophyll water, there are claims about its abilities to boost the immune system and improve gut health due to its antimicrobial properties. Meanwhile, fruit- and herb-based infusions are said to detoxify the blood and improve skin appearance.

While this sounds appealing, it's important to understand that you don't necessarily receive the benefits of these infused ingredients through the water. In fact, nutritionists agree that the benefit mostly comes from the water itself, regardless of what's in it. Still, drinking enough water is crucial to keeping your immune system strong, your skin looking healthy, and even preventing ailments such as fatigue and body aches. So, if a tasty water infusion will encourage you to drink more water, go for it!

Simple Infused Water Recipes

It's good to know that infused water is pretty easy to make at home, and you don't need much time or clunky instruments to do so. You can also mix it up and use a variety of ingredients to keep from getting bored of the same concoction over and over. Some popular ingredients include:

  • Lemon and lime
  • Cucumber and mint
  • Mint and watermelon
  • Strawberries and basil
  • Apples and cinnamon

Simply slice the fruits or chop the herbs before placing them in a pitcher of water. You may want to crush or bruise the ingredients before adding them in for more flavor.

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